Keywords Biology 4+

The Language of Science

Click4ESOL Limited

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Keywords Biology explains the language of biology found in course books, seen online and used by teachers in the classroom. It is influenced by leading research from the Trinity Immigration Initiative (2007), Oxford University and the Education Endowment Foundation (2017), which indicate that many young students underachieve in Science subjects due to the academic complexity of the language of Science. Covering the core topics of Living Things, Ecology & Habitat, Photosynthesis, Parts of Flowering Plants, Structure of a Flower, Plant Reproduction, Plant Transport, Male Reproduction, Female Reproduction, Respiration, Circulation, and Food & Digestion, Keywords Biology approaches these topics from a language perspective to simplify the learning process.

Keywords Biology is more than a vocabulary list. It is a comprehensive interactive Science language app, whose every touchpoint is linked to research. Firstly, all learning content derives from a 3-year research study carried out by linguists at Trinity College Dublin. This research identified the exact language all young people need to know to engage confidently with Biology. Each of the 12 topics aligns with the school curriculum and each one is presented in approximately 120 words. Within these 120 words, 12 keywords central to understanding the topic are embedded in the text. This design is in line with the principles of language acquisition.

From here, students are prompted to engage with meaning, form and pronunciation, which support comprehension. A focus on Spelling encourages literacy development. A Word Order activity encourages students to practise sentence level syntax, while Multi-choice exercises provide space to consolidate learning. The final Reading activity encourages students to deploy backward and forward reading strategies to decode language. At the end of the topic, students are asked to share their learning with their friends and teacher, marking the first phase of collaborative learning.

Audio support is provided throughout, ensuring that a variety of learning styles and abilities are facilitated. 144 high-quality images are embedded within the vocabulary section to offer valid non-linguistic clues, central to language acquisition. Indeed, the images also enhance visual literacy skills, a core skill of the digital age. The presentation of learning activities adheres to the principles of mobile education.

Collectively, the features included in Keywords Biology ensure a positive learning experience. Preliminary testing of the Keywords Biology app in a range of learning contexts resulted in extremely encouraging outcomes. These outcomes relate to both academic achievements and increased confidence levels.

All development linked to research
Science language outcomes central to design
All learning content connected to research
Appropriate graphics support language development
Audio recordings enhance differentiated instruction
Play-back option
Record features to enhance pronunciation
Interactive activities
Glossary consolidates learning
No connection to Internet required after downloading

Keywords Biology has been created and endorsed by leading academics in the areas of language, literacy, art & design and mobile education.

What’s New

Version 2.0.9

Further optimised for new devices recently announced.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Lkb7575 ,

Clear and easy to use app

This is a clear, easy to use app that will that really help any student studying biology. It explains all the vocabulary in a way that everyone will understand. I'd highly recommend it.

Sir_Larry ,

Nice app, very useful

Nicely designed language app, easy to use and well thought out. Nice clear audio and lots of activities. Good bright visuals and I like the record your voice feature.

Joanna P Norton ,

Exactly what

It's a beautiful app. It's well laid out and very easy for students to follow. Academic vocabulary is a very difficult area for young people. This app will really support them, and their teachers. Well done!

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